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Hey everyone, so I've been deliberating sustainability in one of my classes and wanted to hear some other thoughts. Several solutions we discussed that could counteract diminishing resources were government intervention programs and changing our culture as a whole.

I'm aware that there is usually much resistance when people are forced by the government to alter their lifestyles, but I wonder that it may be one of the only ways to implement change as quickly as it is needed. Changing our entire culture seems a more ideal and long-lasting solution to me. But I think by the time it takes several generations to adapt to a new lifestyle/way of thinking, it might be too late for any changes made to have a significant effect on the environment. I know there are other ways to solve the problem, and combining solutions would be beneficial as well.

Any thoughts on these two?


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The problem is that the government may want "business as usual" because that's the only way it receives more tax revenues, etc.


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The main thing is to reduce emissions to one tenth 2000 levels by 2024 at the latest!
Get rid of diesel ships, jet aircraft in the transportation category, too. This is 30% of emissions. Get rid of fossil fueled power plants, they produce 40% of emissions. Get rid of slash and burn farming, it produces 27% of emissions. The last 3% is from farm and ranch animals, some of which can be used to burn methane for power in a more benign emission of CO2. Reduce population, and quickly go to Gen IV nuclear waste using safe power to replace fossil fueled power plants and some ship propulsion systems, along with massive use of sails again. Unfortunately the gas hog jet age is over and people must sacrifice that ability, just as they must sacrifice and have one or none with kids until sustainability is reached and the biosphere heals.
Government intervention (AND CHANGE TO BEING NON-CORRUPT), and societal change (in morals, behavior and education/increase in IQ) are both needed. :-({|= :mrgreen:

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Just trying to provide some perspective. Man's carbon is not the only carbon going in this system. There is plenty of carbon before we arrived on the scene. Yes, I was refering to the total carbon budget. Man's contribution is not insignificant, but it is trival really. Anyone reading just google "total carbon budget" and educate yourself. Or let me provide a NASA study. :clap:

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Here is a look at a NASA carbon study. Clearly showing nature provides much more carbon into our system. No question about it. Basically it breaks down as follows.

Total CO2

Surface Ocean contains about 1,000 Gigatons of CO2

Intermediate and deep ocean contains about 38,000 Gt of CO2

In contrast to the atmosphere containing about 750 GT of CO2

Vegetation, Soils, and Detritus contains about 2,200 GT of CO2

Each year, the surface ocean and atmosphere exchange an estimated 90 GT C;
vegetation and the atmosphere, 60 GT C; marine biota and the surface ocean,
50 GT C; and the surface ocean and the intermediate and deep oceans, 100 GT
C."

Mankind emits about 8.5 GT of CO2 per year.

The atmosphere CO2 is cycled out in less than 8 years.

CO2 is NOT pollution.

770,000 mmt of CO2 is from NATURAL SOURCE

23,100 mmt of CO2 is from MAN MADE SOURCE

770,000 + 23,100 = 793,000 TOTAL

Absorption is 781,400 mmt

So as I have clearly demonstrated nature produces 96 percent of the carbon in our system. It doesn't matter really CO2 just cannot do what the climate change advocated say it does. No way it is just not possible.

Here is another carbon study in case your on the fence.

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Carbon budgets are to be avoided at all costs if you want to conceal the true nature of climate.

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We can no longer rely on government to make change. It's time for us citizens to rise up and take control of our own lives.

You know it all starts with control. If we have it, super! If we relinquish control, problems always arise.

Since the day we've been electing politicians in government, we've given up our responsibilities to them to do the right thing. The result - many things have gone wrong. One case is how government is providing huge tax incentives to the oil industry. As a result, oil is still inexpensive compared to other alternative energy sources.

We need to make a change and it starts in our own homes.

I'm starting a newsletter on how we can live a low impact lifestyle by changing how we build, maintain and operate in our homes. Please let me know if you're interested in this newsletter!

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Humans added 31.6 Billion tons of CO2 to the atmosphere in 2012.
Here is another aspect of the government affecting many of our lives;
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001xFo7KJbT ... vEhVTh3Mg=

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It is above my pay grade to predict the future but I think a certain important crossroads may occur. When you have a critical mass of people who see no future in our present direction what happens? Why for instance pay into social security which presumes a benefit well into the future, a future that may not be there. The idea of a viable future is built into the orderly running of our culture. If we don't believe in that future and we have one serious break down in our society, where is the central force coming from to pull things back together? Maybe we need to develop contingencies for that shock and awe moment.


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